Q: I am 47 and have a very sedentary lifestyle. While I do try and walk or do some kind of exercise on the weekends, I am so busy at work that sometimes my work extends throughout the weekend. I sit all day at a desk and barely move. Recently my butt started hurting at work, which I attributed to just sitting so long. What can I do to break this sedentary lifestyle? I know it’s easy to say, make time for exercise, but I need something that works into my busy schedule.
A; This is a very common problem as the workforce in many countries has shifted from blue collar work, that frequently will keep you on your feet and moving, to white collar jobs that are much more sedentary and commonly now computer based. Of course, any time that you do set aside for exercise will be beneficial to you. However, there are certain things you can do during the day to help. You certainly need to make a change, because the pain you are getting, which frequently radiates to the legs, commonly called sciatica, is associated with a sedentary lifestyle. One great idea is to buy a balance ball, if your work allows, which even come in the form of a chair. This helps you use some of your core muscles, while you work.
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